Financial support from Berea College is available for any major in the form of the Global Education Opportunity (GEO) Scholarship, which covers up to 75% of the total cost of a semester abroad (maximum of $11,000).* The total cost includes tuition and fees, room and board, international airfare, in-country transportation to program site, books, passport, visa, insurance, inoculations, and personal expenses (program budget must be approved by the Education Abroad Adviser).
The Global Education Opportunity (GEO) Scholarship is considered an institutional contribution to the Cost of Education (COE) for the term abroad. All students must contribute a minimum of $1000 (self-help), and financial aid for the remainder of the cost will be based on need as determined by the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Loans (not grant aid) will be awarded for the balance after the 75% COE grant, $1000 self-help, and EFC. In all cases, however, total grant aid provided by the College (i.e., the 75% COE grant plus any institutional grants awarded toward the need-based remainder) will not exceed $11,000.
College loans, based on need, will be available for the $1000 self-help contribution and for any additional need. College loans will be interest-free, except for those applied to the $1000 self-help requirement. Stafford Loans will be available to replace EFC.
In addition to funding from Berea College, there are also external scholarships to help pay for a semester abroad. Some of these can be used for programs anywhere in the world (e.g., Gilman International Scholarship), while others are specific to a region or country (e.g., Bridging Scholarship for Japan). Some providers (e.g., AustraLearn, SIT Study Abroad, and others) also offer scholarships to participants in their programs.
*The Department of Foreign Languages offers similar financial support for qualified majors.